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Offline carluva


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I am currently looking at buying a Maserati. I can afford a 3200 comfortably and at a stretch a 4200. I have heard the 4.2 is a much more reliable engine. I was wondering if anyone would like to comment? There are some good buys at the moment for 3200s around the 80-90,000 km, and should have most probs sorted by then. One in particular- 90k new throttle body, clutch FSY in WA for 42,500. Sounds the biz.



Offline Wattens

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Your budget determines what you can buy... not the other way around.

I have only seen one 3200 in person with a blown head (import), i'm not sure if they are known for engine problems, but they are known for a list of other problems that make the engine fault light on the dash board light up so maybe this is what you have heard...
eg. Throttle body will trip the engine warning light, faulty oxyden sensor will trip the same light and neither are part of the engine. 

My throttle body went at 116 000km and literally has had most of the car replaced under maintenance over the years. There is also something about the chassis at the front comming apart or something which the previous owner of mine had properly repaired (not sure if it was under warranty or not) by Masserati Sydney, Maybe FF can elaborate of the chassis thing as no one has really told me what the fault with them are.

The throttle body is the least of your worries, there are just as many other expensive parts that could fail... lie the ABS pump...

Get your parts from overseas and you are fine (very easy, there are a few websites that specialise) won't cost more than maintaining a merc at a Mercedes dealership.  Get your parts from Maserati Australia and you will need a second mortgage!!!
Most importantly find a mechainic that isn't a knob and who has an sd2/3 diagnostic tool, in Sydney nd melbourne there are a few decent mechanics, not sure about Adelaide
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Offline Wattens

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I am currently looking at buying a Maserati. I can afford a 3200 comfortably and at a stretch a 4200. I have heard the 4.2 is a much more reliable engine. I was wondering if anyone would like to comment? There are some good buys at the moment for 3200s around the 80-90,000 km, and should have most probs sorted by then. One in particular- 90k new throttle body, clutch FSY in WA for 42,500. Sounds the biz.

Also he has a rebuilt contactless throttle body (I am assuming from the UK or Holland), last year they seemed like a permanant fix to the factory throttle body problems that leave the car needing a new throttle body from around 80 000km onwards, but these are starting to fail in less than 12-24 months after being installed... so either be prepared to spend $3k for a new throttle body from overseas, or $8k locally, or find one with an original TB replacement not a rebuilt contactless one.

Jump onto the UK masserati forums and you will know everything you need to know about any Masserati model.
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Offline carluva


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tx wattens good advice as always   :D



Offline rotorheadcase


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The 4200 being much more reliable is a bit of a stretch. Both models have their problems, the 3200 having the throttle body issue and the typical Italian electrics. The car's history is the most important thing to consider so look carefully at the previous services and what's been done on the car.

I went for an auto box and it seems to suit the turbo engine. The manual is known for being a bit mad and a handful at times. The manual engines have been know to have crank end float problems on some cars.

I have just had my throttle body refurb'd in Holland and it should clear the only CEL I've had. Wattens is correct that parts sourced locally will make your eyes bleed. I was quoted $130 for a throttle body gasket by the local dealer and got one from Eurospares in the Uk for $25.00 plus shipping.

I test drove both and preferred the turbo rush to the 4200. I found  mint car in rosso corsa with 47k and have loved the last twelve onths of ownership. I would only trade mine in for a Fezza.

Neil



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